Michael Sam #52 of the Missouri Tigers celebrates with fans after the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. Missouri won 48-17.

Former Missouri defensive end and current 2014 NFL Draft prospect Michael Sam has come out of the closet, revealing he is gay as he could become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

The 24-year-old announced this just two weeks before he heads to Indianapolis as he trains at Lucas Oil Stadium for the Scouting Combine.

"Once I became official to my teammates, I knew who I was," Sam told John Branch of the New York Times. "I knew that I was gay. And I knew that I was Michael Sam, who's a Mizzou football player who happens to be gay. I was so proud of myself and I just didn't care who knew. If someone on the street would have asked me, ‘Hey, Mike, I heard you were gay. Is that true?' I would have said yes.

"But no one asked. I guess they don't want to ask a 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman if he was gay or not."

Sam was the Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC and first-team All-SEC selection in his senior year this past season.

Props to Michael for the brave decision to come out!



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